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Visual cues, better labeling can help control food portions

Maureen FranklinFood portion sizes have grown over the years, and figuring out what constitutes a healthy portion can be confusing, but Upstate registered dietitian nutritionist Maureen Franklin offers some easy visual cues. One‘s palm can be used as an estimate for protein servings, for example, and one‘s fist for estimating pasta or rice servings. Franklin also notes that a more realistic and less confusing nutritional labeling system is coming into use in the next few years and offers an online resource to plan and track one‘s personal diet as well as a “portion distortion” quiz that shows the increases in what is considered a normal portion for various foods.